Prescot Councillor Is First Metro Mayor Candidate to Launch Manifesto
Cllr Carl Cashman was the first of the front-running metro mayor candidates to launch his manifesto yesterday (Tuesday 28 March).
The Knowsley Council member for Prescot North (pictured, with Cllr Ian Smith on the right) will run as the official Liberal Democrat candidate in the Liverpool City Region mayoral election on 4 May 2017.
Bookies Ladbrokes give him a 16/1 chance of winning, behind Labour’s Steve Rotheram (10/1).
In his 20-page manifesto, pro-EU Cashman promised to retain Merseyside’s strong links with Europe and the Single Market following Brexit, connect the region with an improved transport network, and protect green spaces from development.
The digital economy and the place of sport – including a Liverpool bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games – were focuses of his plans for the region. On health he advocated more local control, an emphasis on preventative medicine, and a joined-up approach to social care, with more cooperation between boroughs.
In the document he also called for more powers for the devolved Liverpool region, and less interference from Westminster. He brought into question the importance of an elected mayor, saying he would hold a referendum to decide whether such a position was even necessary.
Cllr Cashman was brought up in Whiston and attended Higher Side School. He was elected to Knowsley Council in May 2016, and more recently to Knowsley Parish Council.
As leader of the Lib Dems in the borough, he is one of just three non-Labour members of Knowsley Council.
His campaign office, where the official manifesto launch took place this week, is on Eccleston Street in Prescot town centre.
- Read Carl Cashman: A New Vision for Our Region (Lib Dem Liverpool City Region Mayor Manifesto)
The other frontrunners in the election are Tony Caldeira (Conservative), Tom Crone (Green) and Steve Rotheram (Labour). Their manifestos are expected in the coming week.